I wish I'd taken my camera yesterday. Sitting under the pergola at the Chat House restaurant in Dennis with 7 other women a perfect way to spend a late summer afternoon. That pergola, unlike the one in the builder's selections here, was against the buiding and covered with vines. Beyond it was a perfect little patio with four or five tables. We had our own tables and chairs, coffee and pastry or lunch for those who hadn't eaten. Our gathering was not purposeless.
The sun was perfect, the shade was perfect, the group was entirely enjoyable -- we even began a discussion with the topic "fall" with a basket full of heavenly smelling grapes that we could imagine had grown on that pergola over our heads (except, it's greenery was flowery and not grape-y). This group began meeting at the Chat House over a year ago and eventually began calling ourselves "the Chatererers", of course that's a name that befits a gaggle of women.
But it is not purposeless group. Members were gathered (and new potential members arrive often) by Lynn who is people gatherer, a catalyst. Everyone makes something, or several kinds of somehting. Lynn does collage, we have a couple of painters, a jewelry maker, a floral arranger, a weaver, a pedagogue who can be far more entertaining than that term suggests and me, usually writing something or quiting something. Our donor of grapes brought a painting as well. So we talk about our creations and just keep on talking and laughing and sharing and constantly getting to know one another better. At this age, major careers and family raising duties are behind us. We explore in a very relaxed way, who we have become ... people who have found creative ways to express ourselves. I find vivacity as well as wonderful relaxation under the pergola.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!